Oxfam dedicated to ‘zero tolerance’ on bullying; says will change Pakistan head Qazilbash
LONDON: Oxfam has stated that it’s dedicated to zero tolerance of bullying and different misconducts after the charity confirmed that its Pakistan head Mohammad Qazilbash confronted 11 allegations of bullying and harassment however continues to work on this function regardless of considerations from his workers.
The allegations reported in opposition to Mr Qazilbash embrace harassment, bullying subordinates, having an insulting perspective and violations of worldwide pointers. He can be accused of hiring unqualified workers to senior positions to pacify his private relationships.
Oxfam has confronted intense scrutiny up to now when it was revealed that its senior support employees paid earthquake victims for intercourse in Haiti. The Charity Commission within the UK accused Oxfam of failing to cope with circumstances of harassment, bullying and discrimination in Britain. It additionally accused Oxfam of getting an inner tradition which tolerated poor behaviour in response to the Haiti scandal.
Oxfam’s central workplace right here informed The News, “We are dedicated to zero tolerance of bullying and different misconduct. This implies that we do every thing in our energy to forestall such behaviour and take all allegations extraordinarily significantly.”
The press officer additional shed extra gentle into Mr Qazilbash’s case by admitting that an allegation in opposition to him had been substantiated. “Where allegations are made – as they have been in Pakistan – we examine completely. In this case, one of many allegations was partially substantiated and acceptable motion in respect of the person was taken. Measures have been additionally put in place to strengthen the tradition within the Pakistan nation workplace and to supply extra coaching and help to all workers.”
While it was beforehand acknowledged that Mr Qazilbash had resigned from his function as Oxfam Country Head for Pakistan, sources reveal that he continues to work on this specific function.
Oxfam clarified this case by completely revealing to The News that the recruitment course of to switch Mr Qazilbash was ongoing and he would discontinue his providers as soon as an appropriate substitute was discovered.
Mr Qazilbash had labored as Oxfam’s nation head for over 4 years and had beforehand served as a rustic director of Save The Children in China the place related complaints the place made in opposition to his behaviour.
Oxfam has been suspended from bidding for brand new British support contracts by the federal government after the Times revealed how its senior support employees, together with its nation director in Haiati, had paid earthquake victims for intercourse in 2011.
The charity fee accused it of getting an inner tradition that tolerated poor behaviour in its response to the Haiti scandal and in failing to cope with the circumstances of harassment, bullying and discrimination in Britain.